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romance novel tormented without a trace nominated for prestigious awards
book is author's first nominations include before columbus foundation book award, independent book (ip) award, and pen/faulkner award

atlanta, ga/december 2, 2002—romance thriller tormented without a trace (1st books, isbn 0-7596-7327-6) is nominated for several prestigious literary awards. this is a significant honor for author valerie clark's first novel. nominations include the celebrated pen/faulkner award for fiction, before columbus foundation book award for genre fiction, independent book (ip) award for fiction, and the writer's digest award for mainstream fiction. award winners for each will be announced in 2003. "i am honored to have my novel recognized and nominated for these awards," said valerie clark.

tormented without a trace is the story of the natalie baylor, a woman on the fast track to success working on wall street. she has it all - power, charm, beauty, education - and is engaged to one of new york city's most powerful attorneys. she has the perfect life, or so it seems. natalie is haunted by the memory of a brutal rape that has sheared her life of the love and relationships that she needs and craves. this, coupled with an emotionally abusive father and passive mother, imbeds a template in natalie's life for a cycle of emotional and physical abuse.

on a business trip to france, natalie meets and falls in love with, jeremy, an entrepreneur. suddenly, he vanishes-without a trace. returning to new york, alone, natalie is reluctant to return her old life. she is plunged into a nightmare realm where reality and fantasy become intertwined and a game of stalking and emotional abuse become deadly serious. natalie is forced to confront the dark mystery of her past. as the reader goes on the journey with natalie, they don't know if she will continue to choose to be a victim or take control of her life until the last page of this gripping, fast-paced novel is read.

clark is penning a sequel that will continue the struggle and self-empowerment of natalie and will also be starring in the upcoming feature film.

for more information on valerie clark or tormented without a trace, visit www.valerieclark.net.

the novel is available for purchase at www.amazon.com, www.barnesandnoble.com, and www.tigressentertainment.com.

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